Have you ever had the perfect plan? Known exactly who you were and what you wanted, absolutely determined that this, this is what God placed you in this world to do?
The struggle with this confidence in your own plans is that you forget to leave room for God in your plans. We are too focused on what we think is best to actually take the time to ask God if there is something else we should be considering. Our personal pride is more focused on faith and confidence in ourselves than faith and confidence in our God.
When our faith in ourselves is greater than our faith in God, we struggle to hear where we are being called. Our own opinions and thoughts are like loud thunder or great earthquakes. They boom and shake, convincing us we have heard and experienced God's call. But God's voice is not in the thunder and lightening that shakes our hearts and souls. It is not in the earthquakes that shake our foundation and make us cling to what we think we know. God's voice is the quiet, whispering voice that comes to us in our still, quiet moments. It gently touches our soul with a grace and love that comforts and reassures us that we can go where called, even if it isn't what we thought.
But to hear that gentle voice, we have to be still and quiet ourselves. And while this comes naturally to some, it can be a struggle for others. If you're like me, and sitting still and being quiet can be a challenge, I would suggest starting small. Two minutes of stillness, and as that becomes easier and more natural to you, slowly up that time in God's presence. If this is a more natural prayer state for you, make time for it each day. Open yourself up to what needs to be done and where God calls you to. And remember that though God's voice may gentle, where you are called may not be. Trust that God plans to
prosper you though, not harm you. God only wants the best for you, trust in that.